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Türkmen-Karahöyük - Hartapu Stele

The stele was discovered in 2019 during a survey by KRASP (Konya Regional Archeological Survey Project) when a local farmer drove the teams attention to the inscribed stone block. It was found laying half submerged inside an irrigation channel about 600 meters to the east of the Türkmen-Karahöyük mound in the Çumra district of Konya province. The three-line Luwian inscription commemorates a victory of Great King Hartapu against the Land of Muska. The paleographic features of the inscription points to a date in the 8th century BCE. The Muska mentioned here is probably a reference to the Phryg state known to have existed during that time in west-central Anatolia and referred to in Assyrian sources as Muški. Great King Hartapu is also attested in Kızıldağ, Karadağ, and Burunkaya monuments.


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stele at the find location - J. Osborne, krasp.net, 2020 J. Osborne, 2019

Literature:
Goedegebuure, P., T. van den Hout, J. Osborne, M. Massa, C. Bachhuber and F. Şahin (baskıda). TÜRKMEN-KARAHÖYÜK 1: a new
      Hieroglyphic Luwian inscription from Great King Hartapu, son of Mursili, conqueror of Phrygia. Anatolian Studies.

Image sources:
krasp.net - Konya Regional Archeological Survey Project.
Oriental Institute Lecture, James Osborne and Michele Massa | A New Iron Age Kingdom in Anatolia, 2019.